Research on Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) in rural Australia

Pictured: Federal Member for Mallee Dr Anne Webster, La Trobe Mildura Head of Campus Deb Neal and Murray PHN Regional Lead Donna Sedgman.

Invitation to participate in qualitative research on Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) in rural Australia

A research project is being conducted by the La Trobe Rural Health School and Murray PHN. The aim of the research is to:

  • optimise ENT care in rural Australia through investigating current issues around diagnosis and care of ENT conditions in the Murray PHN region
  • develop and implement tailored ENT training for primary health care professionals in the region, and educational material for a community health campaign
  • evaluate the impact on ENT care delivery in the region resulting from these interventions.

What's involved

We are interested in interviewing ENT Specialists and general practitioners (GP) who are working in the primary health care setting that services a Murray PHN community.

Participation in this research project is voluntary,  involveing a one-to-one 30 minute phone interview with a researcher, at a mutually agreeable time.

During the interview questions will be asked about health professionals' experience in treating and managing ENT conditions in a rural community, the challenges/barriers encountered, and what's working well.

An audio recording will be made of the interview and participants will be given a transcript to review and approve.

The data obtained will help to inform the primary health care ENT training and community health campaign intervention components of this research.

For more information and to participate

To express your interest in participating in an interview, for further information, or to have any queries or concerns addressed, please contact:

Dr Evelien Spelten, Chief Investigator La Trobe School of Rural Health, via email:

The PhD Candidate for this project is Ms Susan O’Neill and the Industry Supervisor is Murray PHN Population Health Planner Lead, Kate McIntosh.

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